All of our travel plans have been dashed because of COVID-19, and tourism has been down all over the world due to the travel bans that have been put in place in over 100 countries. Japan is one of the countries that has experienced a downward spiral in terms of tourism.
Since it will clearly still take a while for international travel to be allowed again, Hiroshi Tabata of the Japan Tourism Agency has announced that they are planning to put a program in place that will boost domestic travel within the country.
According to the Japan Times, “The government is seeking to boost domestic tourism by subsidizing a portion of travel expenses once the coronavirus outbreak is brought under control”. If the COVID-19 cases in the country continue to go down, the program might be put in place as soon as July.
The program is said to involve $12.5 billion, though they have not yet announced which expenses they will cover for their locals or how the entire program will actually work. Still, it definitely sounds like something we’d love to experience here in the Philippines, as well.
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